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VA: Muhammad Convicted in Sniper Victim Case
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"In a verdict that could cost him his life, a stone-faced John Allen Muhammad was convicted Monday of using a high-powered rifle, a beat-up car and a teenage sidekick to murder people at random and terrorize the Washington area during last year's sniper attacks."

"The jury immediately began hearing evidence on whether the 42-year-old Army veteran should get the death penalty or life in prison. The penalty phase is expected to last several days."

" 'We reserve the death penalty for the worst of the worst,' prosecutor Richard Conway told the jurors. 'Folks, he still sits right in front of you without a shred of remorse.' "
 

VA: Washington-Area Sniper Suspect Found Guilty (Another report)
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"Muhammad was convicted of two counts of murder. One accused him of taking part in multiple killings, while the other alleged the murders were designed to terrorize the population."

"Muhammad is the first person tried under the Virginia terrorism law, which was passed after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States." ...

"Vickie Snyder, who also lost a sister during the shooting spree, expressed the hope that the jury's action could lead to tougher gun control laws in the United States."

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What Ms. Snyder fails to comprehend is that Washington, DC and other gun control havens in the U.S. have some of the highest crime rates.
 

Democrats Tout Second Amendment, but Voting Records Show Hostility
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"A year before the 2004 presidential election, major Democrat candidates have moderated their rhetoric on firearms, trying not to alienate voters who own guns, while also carefully reassuring liberal voters of their continued support for gun control."

"However, CNSNews.com's extensive review of the candidates' votes and statements on firearms policy shows that those with congressional experience have anything but a moderate voting record."
 

Democratic Presidential Contenders on guns
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“I believe in the Second Amendment. I've always had a lot -- we've always had a lot of guns in the house. I've been shooting and hunting and fishing since I was a kid.” -- Retired Gen. Wesley Clark

"[P]eople who like assault weapons -- they should join the United States Army, we have them." -- Retired Gen. Wesley Clark

“Here's my position on guns. I support the assault weapons ban. And I fought the renewal of the assault weapons ban. I do not support the elimination of liability for gun owners. I support background checks. And I support background checks for people who buy guns at gun shows.” -- Howard Dean of Vermont

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Not one of these jokers has the guts to stand up and support the Second Amendment.
 

Gun-purchase rules shield some terrorism suspects
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"The FBI has launched a new background-check system that notifies counterterrorism agents when suspects on its terrorist watch list attempt to purchase guns — but regulations prohibit them from getting details if the transaction actually occurs, according to federal officials familiar with the system."

"If authorities block the purchase, however, the FBI is permitted to launch an investigation of the person who attempted to buy the weapon."

"The result, according to the officials, is an awkward situation in which terrorism suspects who do not complete gun purchases may be located, while those toting lawfully purchased weapons may not be."
 

FBI won't flag terror suspects who buy guns
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"The FBI has launched a new background check system that notifies counter-terrorism agents when suspects on its terror watchlist attempt to purchase guns, but regulations prohibit them from obtaining details if the transaction occurs."

"The rules are the result of Attorney General Ashcroft's interpretation of the Brady gun control law, according to Justice Department officials, who said they are simply abiding by the federal firearms background check system the statute established. The law bars authorities from sharing information with investigators about legal gun buyers and does not forbid terrorism suspects from purchasing firearms, officials said."

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Anyone heard of innocent until proven guilty?
 

Kerry Accuses Dean Of Pandering To Gun Lobby
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"Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry is using the anniversary of the federal assault weapons ban as ammunition against rival Howard Dean."

"Ten years ago, the Senate banned the manufacture of 19 semiautomatic assault weapons while protecting 670 hunting and other recreational rifles. The measure became law the following year."

"Kerry says that while he strongly supported the ban, Dean was pandering to the gun lobby by opposing it. Dean says Kerry is distorting positions Dean took while running for governor of Vermont."

"Dean supports the ban, as well as closing the gun-show loophole that allows purchases of weapons without background checks. Beyond that, Dean believes states should be allowed to go their own way."
 

Controlling people, not guns
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"Ultimately, gun control is still a social issue. We certainly do not want known criminals running around with legally purchased weapons. A certain degree of control is necessary to make sure that we are not selling convicted felons guns; however, we should re-introduce the notion that people are responsible for their own actions, whether behind the wheel of a car (a much more deadly weapon in the hands of some) or a handgun. We do not exist in a nanny-state where the government must watch over the citizens with a careful eye. Obviously, people who abuse the right of owning guns should be punished, but there should be little to no interference to law-abiding citizen's purchase or weapons."
 

OH: Mock shooting held at school
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"Large thumps could be heard over the screams coming from a classroom at a local school as officers armed with shotguns and side arms raced down the darkened halls toward the classroom."

"There was no school Friday at Holy Trinity Catholic School, but 18 teachers and staffers were getting an education of a different sort."

"The teachers and staff were introduced to the Bucyrus Police Department's Tactical First Responder Team and briefed on some of the training they have received in the area of stopping potential active shooters."

" 'It's all about saving lives. That's it,' Walker said to the teachers gathered at city hall."

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No, if it were about saving lives, you would have been training the teachers how to use their guns.
 

NY: Off-duty NYPD cop takes on two masked men at home
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"An off-duty New York City police officer early Monday confronted two masked men, one armed with a handgun, burglarizing a two-family house where she lived."

"Nassau County police said the 29-year-old female officer, who was not identified, was walking to the rear of the house when she encountered the suspects as they were fleeing the second floor apartment, above the one where she lived."

"They tried to push her to the back of the house, but she pulled her service revolver and shot one of the suspects in the stomach, said police."
 

BC 189 What Is Objectivism?
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"The basic philosophy is very simple. Ayn Rand herself expressed it in a very few words: 'My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.' -Ayn Rand, in the Appendix to Atlas Shrugged. Philosophy itself is also described simply: 'Philosophy studies the fundamental nature of existence, of man, and of man's relationship to existence. … In the realm of cognition, the special sciences are the trees, but philosophy is the soil which makes the forest possible.' -Ayn Rand..."
 

NY: Civil Jury Clears NYC Officers of Slaying
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"A jury found Monday that five police officers were justified in shooting a hammer-wielding man to death in 1999."

"The jurors deliberated for a day before clearing the officers and the city of any liability in the death of Gidone Busch, a 31-year-old Hasidic Jew with a history of mental problems. The officers were never charged criminally or disciplined for the shooting."

"Busch's family members were outraged by the verdict, and demanded a Justice Department review."
 

Canada: Activists hope Grits' big gun ends program
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"Anti-gun-control activists are holding out hope Paul Martin will scrap the country's expensive and controversial gun-control program when he takes over as prime minister."

"But they aren't holding their breath."

" 'Maybe this government under Paul Martin will admit the gun-control program is a waste of nearly $2 billion of taxpayers' money,' said Bruce Hutton, founder of the Law-abiding Unregistered Firearms Association."
 

IL: Firearm Deer Season Provides New Handgun Hunting Opportunity
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"When Illinois’ annual firearm deer hunting season opens Nov. 21, hunters will for the first time have the opportunity to use handguns during the seven-day firearm season. New regulations implemented this fall added handguns to the already-allowed use of shotguns and muzzleloading rifles for taking deer during the firearm season."
 

New Zealand: Policeman accused of kicking man on ground
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"A Reefton man was lying on his stomach at gunpoint, when a police officer kicked him three times then dropped his knees on to his chest, a Greymouth District Court jury was told today."

"Lindsay Donald Egerton, a retired police officer, is accused of injuring Brian Raymond Terry with intent at Reefton on January 17, 1999. He also faces an alternative charge of injuring Terry with reckless disregard."

"Terry suffered a broken rib and collapsed lung in the incident."
 

KY: Daviess County gun club getting rave reviews
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"With financial help from Daviess Fiscal Court, Scott and Kennedy reopened the Daviess County Gun Club this summer. But the new club, with its modern shooting areas, 12-station sporting clays course and thoroughly renovated club house, hardly resembles the old club."

" 'I love it. It's beautiful,' Keown said."

"The sporting clays course opened in July. The skeet, trap and five-stand shooting areas were finished later. A lighting system eventually will enable after-dark shooting on the skeet and trap range."
 

KY: Gun shop owner donates stun guns to Parker City police
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"A gun shop owner, distressed by a recent fatal shooting by a rookie officer, has donated two non-lethal stun guns to the town's Police Department."

"The devices donated by Fred Luddington shoot two darts into a person's skin and send an 18-watt current through the body." ...

"He decided to donate the devices, known by the brand name Taser, after a rookie Ball State University police officer shot and killed an unarmed college student in Muncie."
 

SD: Officers will hand out 60,000 gun locks around South Dakota
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"Law enforcement officers in South Dakota will hand out 60,000 free gun locks this week in an effort to reduce gun deaths, especially among children."

"The gun locks, which will be given out Monday through Friday, are part of a national, $50 million program called Project ChildSafe. The program is being paid for by the U.S. Department of Justice."

"Lt. Gov. Dennis Daugaard kicked off the program Saturday morning with a news conference at the new Sioux Falls Law Enforcement Center. He said the program's free gun locks will eliminate one of the barriers to the safe use and storage of guns."
 

OH: Kids-only gun season for deer next weekend
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" 'The youth deer gun season was created to provide an opportunity for young hunters to be successful in getting a deer,' said Dan Frevert, wildlife supervisor for the Ohio Division of Wildlife's District 5. 'And one way to give them a better chance is to hold it a week before the deer gun season begins when they won't have to compete with adult hunters.' "

"The new season will be open to all hunters age 17 and younger. Each must have a hunting license and deer tag and be accompanied by a licensed, non-hunting adult. It is open on all public hunting facilities and also on private land where written permission to hunt has been granted."
 

UK: London is gripped in a ring of steel
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"As the debate continued to rage over who would cover the estimated £8 million cost of protecting the president of the United States, Scotland Yard confirmed last night that the number of uniformed and plainclothes officers patrolling central London during the three-day visit will almost treble, from 5,000 to more than 14,000." ...

"It also emerged that up to 250 agents from the US Secret Service will be allowed to carry guns on British streets under a previously unknown Anglo-US agreement, although the Home Office claimed agents will not be granted diplomatic immunity and will be subject to the British legal system if they use their weapons."
 

Ireland: Hotel staff victimized by armed criminals; Football players ushered to safety
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"PREMIERSHIP footballers were last night forced to flee as armed robbers struck at their hotel."

"Two raiders in balaclavas blasted one shot into the foyer ceiling as they demanded cash from horrified staff."

"The players, including Man Utd defender John O’Shea and Chelsea’s Damien Duff, were with the Republic of Ireland squad, preparing for tomorrow’s friendly against Canada."

"The stars had to be ushered from the dining room to the safety of their rooms at the four-star Portmarnock Hotel in Dublin."
 

UK: Cardiff City skipper in gun terror
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"CARDIFF City skipper Graham Kavanagh dived for cover as armed robbers burst into the hotel where he was staying with Republic of Ireland teammates."

"Two armed raiders in balaclavas ran into the reception area of Dublin's Portmarnock Golf and Country Club and fired a shot into the ceiling last night."

"A shocked Kavanagh, who is with the squad preparing for tomorrow night's friendly against Canada, had just gone through the lobby with fellow players to go to the first floor restaurant for dinner."
 

UK: Another gun scare in gun-free Britain
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Part of a town centre has been sealed off as police deal with an armed incident.

A large number of police officers, including firearms officers, are at the scene of the incident in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, which began at approximately midnight last night.

The incident is understood to involve a residential property.

Timbrell Street, in the centre of the town, has been completely closed off, Wiltshire Police said.

No further information is available at present.
 

IN: Gun shop donates TASERs to town police
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"Gun shop owner Fred Luddington says shootings by police should never happen, and he is doing his part to make sure they don't happen in his town."

"After Ball State police officer Robert Duplain shot and killed 21-year-old Michael McKinney, who Duplain and witnesses say charged at him, Luddington decided to donate two TASERs to the Parker City Police Department." ...

"Luddington, owner of Ludco Gun Shop and Parker City town council president, purchased the TASERs shortly after the Muncie Police Department bought some in March. Although citizens can carry them legally, Luddington didn't sell any. This week, he decided to give them to the town free of charge."
 

WI: Wisconsin considers Minnesota-style conceal-and-carry law
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"Sen. Dave Zien, R-Eau Claire, author of the conceal-and-carry gun law just passed by the Wisconsin Legislature, can't wait to start packing heat -- even with Gov. Jim Doyle promising a veto."

"Zien said he's applying for a non-resident permit in Minnesota." ...

"Zien said he plans to present his training credentials and apply for a permit in a county on the Minnesota side of the border within the next few days."

"He also wants Minnesotans with permits to pack heat when they visit Wisconsin if, as he expects, his state's Legislature overrides Doyle's veto. A reciprocity provision should make Minnesota permits valid under the new Wisconsin law, he said."
 

UT: Airport to announce 'zero tolerance' gun policy
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"Airport security and law enforcement officials will today announce a 'zero tolerance' policy on guns at Salt Lake City International Airport."

"Passengers who show up at an airport security checkpoint with a weapon in their possession will be automatically detained and charged, an official said Sunday."

"Previously, such situations involving weapons would be reviewed by airport security officers on a case-by-case basis, said Suzanne Luber of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)."
 

NY: Gun Season Underway
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Deer season with a gun is officially underway Monday morning.

Officials say this year should be a good one for hunters because of the more than a million white-tailed deer in New York.

Last year, hunters killed 308,000 deer in the state.

The DEC reminds all hunters to wear orange clothing so other hunters can see them.

Last year, one hunter was killed and 55 were wounded. Five hunters were shot on opening day.
 

NM: Classmates Learn Self Defense In Murdered Girl's Honor
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"Eighteen classmates of a murdered Santa Fe teenager are taking their safety into their own hands."

"Before she was killed, allegedly by a sex offender, at a concert last summer, Marissa Mathey Zvaifler had signed up for a self-defense class. Her friends took the course in her honor."

" '(We learned) how to defend ourselves in the worst possible situation that could come into our lives, and we learned how to get out of those situations so you don't have to fight,' said Sofia Onsted. 'And we learned how to fight if that's the last straw, and that's what it comes to, and you have to do that.' "

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Better by far to just show the attacker your gun and end 95% of incidents.
 

NM: Man fatally stabbed with screwdriver during domestic dispute
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Albuquerque police are investigating if a fatal stabbing Sunday night was an act of self-defense.

Police say an unidentified man was involved in a fight with his former girlfriend around 9:30 p.m. Sunday at an apartment complex at 636 Morris NE.

During the confrontation, police say the woman admitted to stabbing the man in the shoulder with a screwdriver.

Police say another man then put the victim in a chokehold until he collapsed unconscious.

When police arrived around 10:30 p.m., they found the victim dead in the parking lot of the apartment complex.

No charges had been filed as of early Monday morning.

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Where is Josh Sugarmann with vapid demands for screwdriver control?
 

Gore’s hypocrisy is showing
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"... Concerns about certain provisions of the Patriot Act are widespread, bipartisan and legitimate. The law was cobbled together in haste after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and many of those who voted for the bill did so without even reading it because they believed not unreasonably that they had to act quickly and decisively to give the government the powers it would need to combat future attacks on the American homeland."

"Until Gore opened his mouth, however, no one to the right of Dennis Kucinich had proposed outright repeal of the act." ...
 

CT: Man charged for wife's suicide using his gun: Prosecutors say firearm in dresser drawer too accessible to troubled spouse
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"A resident of Norwalk, Conn., has been charged with second-degree manslaughter after his wife committed suicide using his .32-caliber handgun."

"According to the arrest warrant, Joan Bartush shot herself in October 2001 with one of her husband's licensed handguns."

"So why is Steven Bartush, father of a 3-year-old daughter, being prosecuted for his wife's suicide?"

"According to the Times, he is charged with contributing to his wife's suicide by leaving the gun – which was in a dresser drawer – too accessible to his wife two days after she arrived home from Silver Hill, a New Canaan psychiatric hospital. Police claim he had assured hospital personnel that his wife wouldn't have access to the gun."
 

Principles for intervention to protect human rights
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"Two advocates for peace and human rights outlined principles for international intervention - including the possibility of military action - where violence or genocide threaten basic human rights."

"The subject remains particularly relevant, Berry said, in view of such modern-day examples as the killing fields in Cambodia and the genocidal slaughter of innocents in Kosovo and Rwanda."

" 'The goal of international efforts is to prevent such incidences of violence before they occur,' he said, explaining that the underlying principle is to move nations and international bodies towards recognition of norms and laws so that neither prevention nor intervention is ultimately necessary."

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Armed governments kill more civilians than an armed populace ever could. Better to arm people so they can defend themselves.
 

Canada: Violent crime is on the rise
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Violent stabbings are becoming almost a daily occurrence in our city. In the past two weeks, there has been about five stabbings in our city, two of them happened this weekend. The most recent was Saturday night on 46 street South East. Two men were fighting when a man pulled out a knife and stabbed a 23 year old man in the stomach. He's listed in stable condition in hospital. Bradley Sleeman, 21, has been charged with aggravated assault, resist and obstructing a police officer and assault with a weapon.

Although police say this was an isolated incident, 35 Calgary women are arming themselves with self defence classes. They gathered at the Wing Chung Kung Fu Academy for a free class this weekend. The En-Garde program has been running for over a year and has taught more than 1500 Calgary women how to mentally and physically protect themselves on the streets.

Gillian Holowisky was attacked by a drunk person with a knife. Fortunately she wasn't hurt, but the memories are still strong. Through this program she's learning to become the victor not the victim. Her mother Dianne brought her to the course. "I think we're naive we think it's going to happen to someone else not to us, " says Holowisky.

For more information or to register for a free self defence course call the Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy at 243-6608.

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Better never to allow your assailant to such a close proximity that he's able to stab you. Bring a gun to a knife fight if you want to live.
 

KY: Boyle County High School cheerleaders get self-defense training
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"High school cheerleading squads spend countless hours each year learning flips, jumps, stands and yells."

"One local squad is also learning to hit."

"Boyle County High School cheerleading coach Donna Groves enrolled her 23 squad members in a Rape Aggression Defense class offered by the Danville Police Department, and halfway through the four-class course, awareness of potential problems is on the rise."

"Groves said recent reports of aggressive assaults of coeds on college campuses in Kentucky brought home to her that she is responsible for the safety of a group of girls who are constantly walking to their cars or getting off buses in dark parking lots."

" 'We're out a lot, alone, in the dark, and I thought this would be a good technique for our girls to know,' she said."
 

IN: Would-be victim thwarts robbery with a gun
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"A would-be robber ran into more than he expected during a holdup at a Southside carwash Sunday night -- getting doused with a hose, then apparently shot by his intended victim." ...

"Humphries told investigators a young white male with a bandana over his face approached him and demanded money. Thinking the man was joking, Humphries told investigators he sprayed water on the would-be robber."

"The suspect then pointed an assault-type rifle at Humphries and threatened to shoot him."

"Police said Humphries reached inside his coat -- as if he were getting his wallet -- but instead pulled out a .38-caliber handgun and fired several shots at the suspect, striking him at least once."
 

Uniform Crime Reporting Program Releases Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Statistics for 2002
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"Fifty-six law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2002 according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program’s annual report, LEOKA 2002, released today. The number of officers killed has decreased 25.0 percent from the 2001 number, when 70 officers were killed."

"An analysis of data by circumstance showed that fifteen of the victim officers were killed in ambush situations, 10 were slain in traffic pursuits or stops, and 10 were killed during arrest situations. Nine of the officers were responding to disturbance calls, and 8 were investigating suspicious persons or circumstances. Mentally deranged assailants murdered 4 officers."

Access the full report here.
 

UK: Mayor threatened by masked gunmen
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"Three masked thugs, two of whom were armed, appeared outside [Mayor of Londonderry] Shaun Gallagher's home in Shantallow last night."

"As two held rifles, the third stared into his living room window."

"Mr Gallagher today vowed that he would not give up the position or be forced out of his home. He said he had no idea for sure why he had been targeted."

"The Mayor said he noticed the three masked men standing outside his home shortly after midnight."

"He said two of the men were holding rifles, while the other was standing with his arms folded, staring into his living room."

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The cops can't even effectively protect the Mayor. How will they protect the rest of the disarmed subjects?
 

OH: Carjacker hijacks minivan with grandmother and 2 year-old on board
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"Bob Taft and the Ohio State Highway Patrol bureaucracy worked to poison House Bill 12 with a lockbox, or 'carjacker protection' provision that would, at the very least, allow this type of crime to continue undeterred, and that would more likely, encourage many more to be perpetrated."
 

OH: NOT AGAIN: Driver killed 'trying to back away from his assailant'
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We do not want a loaded firearm readily accessible to the driver of a car. If there's a dangerous situation and you're in your car, you can drive off. - Capt. John Born, Ohio State Highway Patrol.

"A man was shot to death about 2:30 a.m. Friday while driving on Lechner Ave. near Sullivant Ave., on the West Side. Columbus police believe the driver was trying to back away from his assailant when he was shot."
 

OH: Underfunded Sheriffs forced to accept hand-me-downs; OSHP wins 'best-dressed"
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"The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is sending old uniforms to rural areas in Ohio to help poorer counties facing budget cuts."

"Surplus shirts, trousers, hats, holsters and equipment belts are going to places like rural Jackson County in southeastern Ohio."

"Meanwhile at the Ohio State Highway Patrol (flush with cash from the Governor's spending and tax increases)..."

"Ohio Highway Patrol zips up best dressed honor"
 

OH: 'Bold' Columbus rapist attacks in broad daylight
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"The following victimization occurred in a parking garage where, 24 hours later, many 'Defense' Walkers were preparing to participate in an historic event around the Statehouse."

"Security will be increased near a Downtown building where a woman was raped last Friday, Columbus police said yesterday."

"The attack in a basement restroom at 37 W. Broad St. has increased awareness by private security officers and police officers, they said."
 

Schools should be protected from unreasonable searches
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"The U.S. did not have government schools when the Fourth (and First) Amendment was written. If the authors of the Constitution had foreseen the government's education monstrosity then the Fourth Amendment would have included government schools, and the First Amendment would have banned Congress from the establishment of religion and education." ...

"One media outlet reported that a parent said, 'I was just upset knowing they had guns put to their head and a K9 was barking at them and about to bite somebody. It was awful.' Only through years of government schooling can a parent actually make such a statement and not announce that she is withdrawing her student from government schools. She did not even question the constitutionality of government schools per se."
 

OH: Ohio's belated ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"The Center for Law and Justice has done a report about Ohio and the Fourteenth Amendment. The report points out how Ohio's legislature ratified the amendment during Reconstruction, then unratified it after Democrats took over the state. Ohio's repudiation of the Fourteenth Amendment is criticized as a result of white-supremacist sentiment, and so it was. It does not follow, however, that only white-supremacists would hesitate to ratify the Fourteenth Amendment in the twenty-first century. The federal courts have invoked the Fourteenth Amendment in order to achieve many goals which have nothing to do with opposing white supremacy. Ratifying that amendment today, although a purely symbolic gesture, might be seen as supportive of what the federal courts have done in the name of the amendment."
 

OH: Concealed-Carry Advocates Announce Historic Civil-Defense Rights Coalition
Submitted by: Ohioans For Concealed Carry
Website: http://www.ohioccw.org

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"Ohioans For Concealed Carry has announced the formation of what is possibly the largest civil-defense rights coalition in state history. Advocates of a legalized method of bearing arms for self-defense in Ohio have joined together to call upon Governor Taft, the Ohio General Assembly and Ohio Republican party to finish the job and make Ohio House Bill 12 law."

"Representing one quarter of a million Ohioans, the Civil-Defense Rights Coalition is comprised of five Second Amendment-related groups, including the National Rifle Association, the Ohio Rifle & Pistol Association and the Second Amendment Sisters; the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association (representing Ohio’s highest-ranking law enforcement officials); more than 50 Ohio businesses; and the Ohio Young Republicans..."
 

NM: CCW Revised!
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"The public hearing to gather input from citizens was held October 15, 2003 at the State Capitol in Santa Fe. Many people voiced concerns and made helpful suggestions about the rules and policies that will dictate the carrying of concealed weapons and the required training to obtain a license."
 

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